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What is a good moveset for Octillery?

4 votes

Thank you Swampert for catching my mistake. Mine hs the ability Suction Cups. It knows:

Octazooka: Decent power, STAB, great chance to lower accuracy.

Ice Beam: Good power, high accuracy, chance to freeze, used to deal with Grass types.

Signal Beam: Decent damage, high accuracy, chance to confuse, used to deal with Grass types.

Energy Ball: Good power, high accuracy, chance to lower Sp. Def.

Octillery learnset

asked Jul 20, 2010 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Octillery (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Inconsistent
EVs: 252 HP / 56 Def / 144 SAtk / 56 SDef
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Boil Over
- Fire Blast
- Ice Beam
- Energy Ball
Ya know, even though its design completely shows it would have Mega Launcher, it can't use it very well.
What's Boil Over?
It's Scald

12 Answers

10 votes

You need so much more coverage on this. Octillery has a jaw-droppingly large movepool, so abuse that!

Octozooka's crap. The irony of it all is that this accuracy-reducing move, only has 85 accuracy. Octozooka's mediocre, so surf's up, dudes! (lame pun, I know. xD)

Ice beam is great, and if you had Charge Beam on it, you'd have a makeshift BoltBeam combo, which gives fair coverage against every known type combination that is currently in the game (except for Shedinja). The passive Special Attack bonus is a major plus. Replace Signal Beam for Charge Beam.

Energy Ball is no longer needed, seeing as ground and Rock types are handled by Surf, and Charge Beam has Water covered. You could replace Energy Ball with something strong like Flamethrower to hit Steel, Bug, Grass, and Ice-types.

This gives coverage against ANY Pokemon in Pokemon HeartGold & Soulsilver. If it has a weakness, then chances are, Octillery can handle it. Psychic, Ghost, Dark, and Fighting are the only that are not covered, but you r attacks and raw stats are good enough to deal with them in no time.

answered Jul 20, 2010 by ~-~WILL~-~
Just a heads up bro, the bolt/beam combo is walled by Lanturn and Magnezone.
1 vote

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Unlike other moveset's posted here, this is a physical Octillery.

Octillery @ Focus Sash/Scope Lens
EVS: 252 HP, 252 ATK and 4 DEF
Trait: Sniper
Adamant Nature
- Waterfall
- Rock Blast
- Bullet Seed
- Payback/Gunk Shot

answered Sep 2, 2014 by Meeper12346
0 votes

Gen V

Octillery (M) @ Leftovers

Trait: Moody

EVs: 88 HP / 84 Def / 252 SAtk / 84 SDef

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Scald
  • Ice Beam
  • Signal Beam
  • Flamethrower
answered Jun 28, 2011 by trachy
0 votes

This is my Soak Strategy for Octillery.

Ability:Suction Cups


Item:Focus Sash

EVs:Defense,Special Defense

  • Flamethrower
  • Soak
  • Energy Ball
  • Scald
answered Jul 29, 2011 by Tonito
If it's a Soak Strategy, then why Flame Thrower?
I would say for switch coverage.
Hm. I guess so.
Nice strategy. First make them part water, then spam Energy Ball.
0 votes

Well, at first I couldn't believe this guy could learn flamethrower and fire blast.

My Octillery:

Water Pulse - STAB, chance to confuse.
Ice Beam - Coverage.
Flamethrower - More coverage.
Thunder Wave - Cuts speed.

answered Jun 2, 2012 by Porygonz
0 votes


Octillery has equally high attack and special attack, so you can’t really go wrong with these stats. Here's a very good special set (the one I'm using). Also, I noticed how many people teach him octazooka that may lower the target’s accuracy. However I personally think that this move isn’t a good choice at all because of low base power, and Octillery has decent defense anyway, so a few hits on him don’t hurt a lot.


Item-Razor Claw (awesome with ability)

Nature-Modest (+Satk- Atk)


Ice Beam (or maybe Blizzard)-Takes out grass weakness and dragons

Mud Slap-Deals with electric weakness

Here, you can put any move you want. I would recommend Energy Ball, Flamethrower (or Fire Blast), or Sludge Wave.

I strongly recommend that you have an Octillery in your party.

Also here's another one:


Energy ball


Charge Beam

Hope this helps ;^)

answered Apr 16, 2013 by SuperGeorge
edited Apr 16, 2013 by SuperGeorge
0 votes

Ok so I just caught a remoraid with the worst move set ever but I
fixed it.
This is what it has.

• Signal beam (Bug)
• Ice beam (Ice)
• Soak (Water)
• Hyper beam (Normal) FYI: It KOed a level 75 Hydreigon with hyper beam
and Octillery was level 68

answered Jun 18, 2013 by David1214
Well hyper beam isn't that good. It is powerful but the rest turn is a no brainer switch and the opposing Pokemon can set up and possibly sweep your team. Also what is the point of soak if you can't hit water types super effectively?
0 votes

My Octillery knows:

-Surf (pretty self-explanatory)
-Ice Beam (High powered Sp.Attk and to help with type coverages and disadvantages)
-Flamethrower (1. Cause it's awesome that he can learn it and 2. helps his grass type disadvantage and makes him even better against steel)
-Psybeam (helps with fighting types and can confuse which is always good)

I also usually attach a charcoal. The 20% boost you get for fire moves to go along with his high Sp.Attk allows him to blast steel and grass away with no issues and it's better for fending off any electric Pokemon rather than surf or ice beam.

answered Jul 10, 2013 by Jding16
0 votes


it has a good move pool so teach it moves from other type. Its attack and SPatk are both high.
here is what I sugest

Octillery@ life orb

nature: any




ice beam

acid spray(breeding)

hope this helps

answered Aug 31, 2013 by charzard 06
0 votes

As mentioned before, Octillery has a massive Special Attack movepool, along with a high Sp. Atk stat. It can learn special moves from almost all types (it can learn Flamethrower, Sludge Bomb and Energy Ball while being a monotype). The only flaw to it is its fairly low Speed stat, and its mediocre defensive stats.

However, it can still be extremely useful as a sweeper:

Nature: Quiet (or less likely Modest)
Ability: Moody (Sniper if you're playing unofficial metagames)
EVs: 252 HP/252 Sp. Atk/4 Def. or Sp. Def
IVs: 0 Speed if possible
Item: Assault Vest (Scope Lens if you have Sniper, Quick Claw if you want to take risks)

-Water SPOUT (not to be confused with Water SPORT). I'm surprised that this wasn't mentioned already. It is an extremely powerful move that very few can learn. It also hits everything on your opponent's side of the battlefield, so it's less riskier than Surf, however if you lose a good fraction og your HP, this move's power decreases pretty badly.

-Flamethrower, Ice Beam, Energy Ball, Sludge Bomb, Psychic, Signal Beam, you name it!

-If you have Sniper and Scope Lens, you might want to try using Focus Energy, but it could potentially waste a turn to give your opponent the advantage over Octillery's defense stats. Octillery likely won't faint on the first hit, but it can definitely happen.

Adding on to this, if you purposely give Octillery low Speed stats, you could easily make a great Trick Room sweeper out of it; you just need something else to use Trick Room before it. I would highly not suggest sending Octillery out first for this reason.

Also, as for the ability Moody, (it boosts any random stat - including evasion and accuracy - by 2, and decreases another stat by 1 at the end of each turn), I would suggest it if possible, as it practically gives you freebie stat boosts without wasting a turn (but it can lower the stats you need too, but not as often). However, due to the fact that it boosts evasion, it is banned on most online metagames, such as Pokèmon Showdown or Pokémon Online. If that's what you're using, I'd suggest Sniper as an ability. But if you are playing competitively on the official Nintendo games, the ability is not banned.

answered Jan 11, 2014 by The Magikarp Avenger
Me no like this set. :(
It's too long. :(
(Sorry. Pretty much everything I write is too long.)
0 votes

Like Will said, Octillery is mediocre so all I can add to what has already been suggested, is gimmick sets which actually work very well.

Octillery@Assault Vest
Ability: Suction Cups
Nature: Bold
EVs: 252 HP/252 Def/4 SAtk

Charge Beam- Boosts your Special Attack.

Surf- STAB.

Ice Beam/Psychic- Coverage.

Flamethrower/Psychic- Coverage.

This next one is all about the critical hits.

Octillery@Scope Lens
Ability: Sniper
Nature: Modest
EVs: 252 HP/252 SAtk/4 SDef

Focus Energy- With the new crit mechanics, after using this move, Octillery will always land those crits and land them hard because of Sniper.

Surf- STAB.

Ice Beam- Coverage.

Flamethrower- Coverage.

answered Mar 14, 2014 by ChewyDonuts
0 votes

Octillery @ Air Balloon

Earthquake Check Octillery (Totally Viable)

Ability - Sniper

EVs - 252 HP / 252 Sp. Attack / 4 Sp. Defense

Modest Nature (+Sp.Attack, -Attack
- Scald - 30% Chance to burn, STAB
- Ice Beam - Coverage, (BoltBeam)
- Charge Beam - Coverage, (BoltBeam)
- Acid Spray - Lowers Sp. Def by 2 stages making all other moves incredible.

answered Jun 12, 2014 by Eeox